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Sold Zana Muhsen born and bred in Birmingham is of Yemeni origin When her father told her she was to spend a holiday with relatives in North Yemen she jumped at the chance Aged 15 and 13 respectively Zana and her sister discovered that they had been literally sold into marriage and that on their arrival they were virtually prisoners They had to adapt to a completely alien way of life with no running water dung plastered walls freuent beatings and the ordeal of childbirth on bare floors with only old women in attendance After eight years of misery and humiliation Zana succeeded in escaping but her sister is still there and it seems likely that she will now never leave the country where she has spent than half her life This is an updated edition of Zana's account of her experiences

  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • Sold
  • Zana Muhsen
  • English
  • 21 January 2015
  • 9780751509519

About the Author: Zana Muhsen

Zana Muhsen is a British author who has written about the experiences that she and her sister Nadia born 1966 went through when they were sent from their birthplace in Birmingham England to Yemen in 1980 on a purported holiday to meet the paternal side of their family but sold unaware into marriage in by their father Muthanna Muhsen a Yemeni émigréNewspaper



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  1. says:

    Holy shitSeriously I have little to no words to describe this book It's not the most well written piece in the world but I'll cut her some slack for being ripped from her native country of England at the young age of 16 and forced to speak another language for 8 years while she was beaten raped enslaved and lied to and as an added bonus she got to watch her younger sister go through the same shit in the next town over See that run on sentence? We can't all write beautifully when we're frazzled out of our minds As of the writing of this book Zana's sister Nadia was still in Yemen Part of Zana's motivation for writing the book was to let people know what had happened to her and to raise enough awareness to get her sister out of there Nadia has since returned to England with her childrenI don't know what became of their father the man responsible for selling them to two Yemeni families for 1300 pounds each Toward the end of the book when Zana is about to get a divorce from the man she was forced to marry her father called begging her not to leave Yemen I'll be so ashamed I'll kill myself he said The way their story was blowing up all over the world I'm sure uite a few people would line up to help him out with thatOn a personal note I read this a few months after a rather disconcerting conversation with my own father in which he repeatedly suggested that I reuire a husband and children to be happy Although he claimed his children are his greatest accomplishments it was difficult for me to tell since this was the first conversation we'd had since my grandmother his mom died It sucks that he feels ualified to tell me what I should do when he has such an inactive role in my life I'm happy already and thankful every day for my comfortable home stable job uniue side business and fun activities Yes I'm sad my father can't see that but he never tricked me into going to Yemen so I could be abused by a miserable impoverished family and forced into an arranged marriageSo I got that goin' for me which is nice

  2. says:

    This brutal narrative by an English born young Yemeni woman and her sister who were sold into slavery by their father is absolutely horrific The girls were sent to Yemen on the pretext of a vacation to visit family then sold and married off in a vicious male dominated society One of the girls manages to escape leaving behind her young child and her sister who could not bear to abandon her own child It is a heartless and brutal land to be born a female in and all I could think of was 'WHAT A BASTARD' her father was What a foul despicable hideous person One whom I personally would love to see drawn and uartered in a public suare just like they do to evil doers in his neck of the woods There is absolutely nothing nice to be said about such a manMemoir of two young English Yemeni sisters who are 'sold' into marriage literally by their father Raised in England they have reached teenage hood with all its challenges and rebellious behaviors Dad Dear Dad convinces the girls to 'go on vacation to visit family in Yemen' where upon their arrival at the relatives village he sells them outright and returns to the UK or wherever They are cast into the tiny rural mountainous village where they are ruled by their husbands and male relatives and live as virtual slaves but then mere survival in mountainous outposts of the world is slave like in nature anyway But the key is of course that they can go nowhere have no rights are barely recognized as human beings and are indeed merely chattel This is the story as told by one sister who managed to escape leaving the other behind because the she could notwould not leave her children no matter how awful her plight It is a grim tale of male rule in the Middle East and in the Islamic culture as we know of it There is a seuel apparently that furthers the story of the young women I have yet to read it but I must

  3. says:

    This was an extremely traumatic story but due to the writing style I felt somewhat distant from it I am relieved that the UK has completely overhauled it's attitude to forced marriages and Zana's mother would get help and support to get her children out of this situation if it happened now I don't want to sound unsympathetic about the people in this book but I was surprised by how much Zana's mother trusted their father He had already taken two of her children out of the country and failed to bring them back they were brought up by relatives in the Yemen so why did she let him arrange a holiday in the Yemen for these two children? However everyone has 20 20 hindsight and if we are honest we can all look back on things and wonder why we did them but they made sense at the time

  4. says:

    Fascinating story but poorly written This is the barebones story of two young teenagers who are sold into marriage by their Yemeni father The author finally makes it home to England but has to leave her younger sister son niece and nephew behind This all happened over thirty years ago but I don't think much has changed in Yemen for women The father was truly wretched but I thought the mother was a bit of a dope She had lost two other children in a similar manner previous to these two girls yet she goes on to have FIVE children with him

  5. says:

    Done ♥♥♥Amazing true story I can't stop reading it 8 years of fear and sadnesshope and disappointing of slavery under the name of marriage For fifteen year old zana and her sister nadia born and raised in Birmingham a trip to visit relatives in Yemen sounded like a dream come trueBut the holiday soon turned into a terrifying nightmare when they discovered that their father had sold then into arranged marriages For eight brutal years they lived as helpless prisoners forced to adapt to a harsh and unfamiliar way of life Freuently beaten and raped and entirely cut off from the UK they had only each other for comfortWhen the international spotlight focused on the sister's plight it seemed that they might at last escape But only Zana was given permission to leave Her choice to stay in a life of slavery or to leave her young son and sister and finally go home is a heartbreaking moment in this shocking story of courage and sisterhood in the face of unimaginable cruelty

  6. says:

    it's bad written storythe story is interesting but it's written in boring wayI didn't like the cover of the book it gives you the idea ohMuslim women being treated like slave but the story is about a bully father and from pg 15 you understand that her mom and dad are not married and her father goes to the pub with his friends so he is not practicing Muslimso all the story is about bully father with loads of culture problems treating his daughters and even you could say sons because he send one to Yamen before even this story started very bad I respect that the lady went through hell and i am not trying to comment on her life but on this bookafter days I re read it again it's write that the story is written in bad way but the book is very sad About how cruel life could be The ladyis very brave and I hope she get's some kind of closure because life wasn't easy for her This book open my eyes to these kind of books to give them a chance and not dismiss them from the title

  7. says:

    Memoir of two young English Yemeni sisters who are 'sold' into marriage Literally by their father Raised in England they have reached teenage hood with all its challenges and rebellious behaviors Their Dad convinces the girls to go on vacation to visit family in Yemen where upon their arrival at the relatives village he sells them into marriage and returns to the UK They are cast into the tiny rural mountainous village where they are ruled by their husbands and male relatives and live as slaves There they work from dawn to sunset fetching water cooking They also have no electricity or running water They can go nowhere have no rights are barely recognized as human beings and are indeed merely chattel This is the story as told by one sister who managed to escape leaving the other behind because she could notwould not leave her children no matter how awful her plight It is a grim tale of male rule in the Middle East and in the Islamic culture as we know of it Please read the seuel to this book Promise to Nadia

  8. says:

    I usually find autobiographies or books that are telling a real life event kind of boring and I normally find myself skipping some pages At the beginning of my journey through this book this was what I expected However Zana's thrilling and devastating experience had my eyes wide opened and I kept a firm grip with this group Sold tells a shocking story about two Yemeni sisters that were literally sold for 1300 pounds each into marriage with Yemen man by their own father This happened when Zana was only 15 and her sister was one year younger The story shows how some people can be extremely close minded always following and obeying traditions from centuries ago The story only comes to prove that still nowadays there are many problems in third world countries that seem to be from years ago

  9. says:

    men of Yementreat your women betteryou owe it to Godto do so

  10. says:

    Well written book Living in the contemporary Middle East it was hard to imagine that this happens but in small towns and underdeveloped countries undoubtedly it does My heart went out to the author as she retold her situation and her fathers unwillingness to accept his upbringing of daughters in a western world

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